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Rational Choice and Democratic Deliberation
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  • Page extent: 272 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.5 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521862691 | ISBN-10: 0521862698)

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In public political deliberation, people will err and lie in accordance with definite patterns. Such discourse failure results from behavior that is instrumentally and epistemically rational. This 2006 book proposes to reduce the scope of majoritarian politics and enlarge markets, offering a comprehensive critique of theories of deliberative democracy.


1. Introduction; 2. The epistemic argument for deliberation; 3. The rational choice framework; 4. The resilience of discourse failure; 5. Symbolism in political argument; 6. Discourse failure and political morality; 7. Non-epistemic defenses of deliberation; 8. Deliberation, consent, and majority rule; 9. Overcoming discourse failure: voluntary communities.

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